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Monthly Archives: February 2014


Newhaven Beach, looking east.

Short visit to Newhaven.   Lots  of small echinoid fossils within the chalk but no silicified echinoids found.


Time to stop!  Have I overcooked it?  No I don’t think so.


Finished painting – Orion Nebula – I must’nt look at it for a while!


Detail of Orion Nebula painting. Camera flash has caused a bit of reflection.

Painting in progress,  a photograph of the Orion Nebula taken in my back garden, using a telescope.


Painting based on a photograph of the Orion Nebula. Work in progress!

Visit to see Turner and the Sea at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich with .  Nice exhibition showing how Turner’s art developed over many years.  Early works were very ‘conservative’ oil paintings and over time his style becomes looser and more abstracted, prefiguring impressionism.  Turner is one of my favourite painters.

In the evening we attended a Flamsteed Astronomy Society lecture titled ‘What’s at the bottom of a  black hole?’ by Colin Stuart.  I’m still none the wiser!

Visited Carol‘s studio yesterday to see her recent paintings.  The colours in her paintings are intensifying making rather powerful and beautiful images still based around the figure but becoming more abstract.

Also went to see Chris Agnew’s show at the Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery  yesterday.  Interesting to see how Chris has developed his work over the last three years.  Nice gallery and very professional show.  Chris has developed and consolidated the ideas that he developed at Wimbledon and produced very cerebral images.

Two days ago:


Too close



Way too close!


If I had eaten one pomegranate every day, costing £1 each, I would have spent  £22,958 on pomegranates!

Early start – left the house at 6am to pay a visit to Beltinge, Herne Bay.  Pefect conditions for fossil hunting.  0.1m low spring tide, strong offshore wind,  airpressure 998 millibars, sunrise about 7.30 am and tide at its lowest about 8.15 am.  The morning was not quite as sunny as expected but not bad.  Quite cold though – about 6 degrees centigrade.

This is the first time that the water has been low enough to wade out to the ‘island’.  In fact there were several shingle banks exposed even further out to sea.  The beach and the ‘island’ were very silty which made fossil spotting quite difficult.  Digging and sieving were more fruitful and I collected about 50 sharks teeth many of which were broken unfortunately.


Sharks teeth collected from Beltinge beach, Herne Bay.


Nice piece of 50 million year old carbonized wood. Chunks of glauconitic Thanet Sand are still attached.